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What do I do if a swarm of bees turns up?

If you have a swarm of bees - DON'T PANIC. The first thing to check is if they are honey bees. If they really are honey bees then ring your local beekeepers association. For more details on how to check what you have got and get help see our swarms page.

If you live near to Bridport in Dorset then you can ring us on 01308 423808.

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Category: Bee sites (4)
Links to bee-related websites.
  Friends of the Bees
Natural Beekeeping and bee conservation organisation
  Natural Beekeeping Network
Forum on natural beekeeping
British Association of Radical Beekeepers - beekeepers with issues about the BBKA and who campaign to protect the environment for bees and thus for all
  Beekeeping Guide for all ages
Recommended by our friends in Seattle, a great resource for anyone beginning their beekeeping journey
Category: Beekeepers' Associations (3)
Links to local and national beekeepers' organisations
  British Association of Radical Beekeepers (BARB)
BARB is an informal, virtual organization, set up to draw attention to the environmental damage caused by pesticides and other agricultural chemicals, with particular regard to their impact on honeybees.
  West Dorset Beekeepers Association (WDBKA)
Resource site for members of the WDBKA and for interested members of the public.
  Bees for Development
BfD Trust supports the work of Bees for Development by raising funds and promoting apiculture as a means to alleviate poverty.
Category: Bees in the news (2)
Links to stories about bees in the media
  Guardian article
Long article from the Guardian highlighting the problems faced by beekeepers with the increasing problems of disease and lack of research investment.
  Nature programme - "Silence of the Bees"
You can watch the full programme online. A fascinating and thought provoking look at colony collapse disorder and the factors involved.
Category: Issues (1)
Problems, insecticides, campaigns etc
  Soil Association
Link to the Soil Association info on neonicotinoids with a link to their petition to ban them.
Category: Pollen & plants (2)
Links to sites with information about bee plants
  Royal Horticultural Society - Plants for bees
Full list of bee-friendly plants
  Wikipedia - Pollen Source
Wikipedia's page on pollen. Includes pollen colours but may not be 100% accurate of course. It is American and the source was the US National Honey Board (whose site no longer features the information.)
Category: Website design (1)
Well really only one designer!
  Leaping Hare
Leaping Hare - web design, maintenance and hosting for creative enterprises like artists, crafts people, performers, food producers and other small businesses.